Horse ownership is truly rewarding, but we all know it can require a lot of time, energy and…expense. Whether you have a few horses or run a large herd, costs can add up quickly and unexpectedly. Understandably, to save on costs some owners choose to perform their own vaccinations. No doubt, cost is important, however here are a few examples of how a veterinarian adds value in performing preventative medicine/vaccinations:
– Adequate Coverage: Helping guide you to make decisions of what vaccinations are the most important based on factors such as the horses age, use/activity, herd exposure, and historical vaccination status. As well as current regional and national disease outbreaks and knowledge about the best vaccination products on the market.
– Care for Adverse Reactions: The veterinarian can offer immediate care in the unexpected event of a vaccine reaction. Additionally they may also involve the vaccine manufacturer and in some cases the manufacturer may assist with costs associated with treatment based on vaccine assurance programs.
– Rabies Administration: For rabies vaccination to be considered valid, state law requires administration by or under direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
– Herd Health: Vaccination is a great time for the veterinarian to get to know you herd as well as develop a great understanding of the aspects of medicine that are the most important to you as the owner and the health of your animals. You might be surprised, involving the veterinarian may even save you some money in the long run!
Christine Johnson, DVM